Five Easy Pieces Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 26, 2007
This episodic character study is one of the key American films of its era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 26, 2007
The film's nervewracking quality is consistent with its content. Nicholson's performance is a remarkably varied and daring exploration of a complex character, equally convincing in its manic and sober aspects.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 26, 2007
The film embraces proletarian chic but still gets its laughs by abusing waitresses.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 18, 2007
Just give the guy a piece of toast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The result is less a story and more a collection of incidents and character studies, all of which inform each other and extend our understanding of Nicholson's mode of survival: flight.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Hold that sandwich! A film representing its time, and a classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 21, 2004
It hasn't aged as well as some of its 1970s counterparts, but it's still a heartbreaking film and a minor classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Greenspun
New York Times
May 21, 2003
Rafelson is expert at supporting this movement, and the film proceeds from scene to scene with a quiet competent modernism that bespeaks quality, but that more often begs than provides expression.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 30, 2003
I expected a lot more from this film. It's basically a rambling boredom piece.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 25, 2003
We'd had a revelation. This was the direction American movies should take: Into idiosyncratic characters, into dialogue with an ear for the vulgar and the literate, into a plot free to surprise us about the characters, into an existential ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
March 21, 2003
Nicholson at his angry, young man peak. Cynical, anti-authoritarian drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
A fascinating character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 30, 2002
Perhaps the most overrated of the early '70s masterpieces.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
June 9, 2002
It often seems endless in the possibilities of its human observation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Critics praise the film's daring, lavishing it with undeserved attention even now, thirty years after it was released.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
Five Easy Pieces (1970) is a moody character study of an alienated, misfit drifter. It tells the story of a rough-neck California oil rigger
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 6, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 27, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 12, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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